Standing against the crowd for God makes you stand OUT from the crowd. It makes you a target to your enemies but a focus of blessing to God.
As God continued preparing the people of Israel for their entry into the Promised Land and the blessings they would face, He made some startling revelations about their past journey and their future. The difficulties they faced along the way were not just allowed by God, they were authored by Him. And thou shalt remember … Continue reading Difficulty, Deprivation, Deceit – and the Glory of God?
After the death of Jacob, Joseph’s brothers were fearful he would repay them for all the wrongs they had done to him (Genesis 50:15). Their assumption was that Joseph had been kind to them out of respect for their father and now that Jacob was gone, retribution was soon to come. When they met with … Continue reading Everything is in the Hands of Our Faithful God – Even the Bad Stuff
The great flaw of the house of Jacob was their ability to weaponize their blessings and aim them at each other and their enemies.
The days of our blessings are fleeting. Thankfully, so are the days of our hardships.
Because of her asthma problems my wife had been on high-dose Prednisone for a very long time. One of its side effects can be avascular necrosis where the blood supply to the hips or the ankles can be severely diminished, killing the bone. For my wife, that happened in both of her hips. So, by … Continue reading And the hardest part is…
The original escape plan for Israel from captivity in Egypt was a relatively straight line. And then the polling results came in. As God had commanded, Moses sent twelves spies into the land of Canaan. Their job was to go into this land flowing with milk and honey and come back with an intelligence report. … Continue reading According to the poll numbers
Rumors are like partially melted butter. They spread easily and people like them even though it's not good for them.
John tells us that the number of miracles Jesus did in his earthly ministry was so great that the world could not contain the books it would take to record them all (John 21:25). So, to give us a clear picture of Who our Savior is, the gospels are selective in the accounts they convey. … Continue reading The Gadarene Demoniac, a Picture of Hope
In order to have the blessings in life, you must deal with some of the less pleasant tasks that get you those blessings.